The Unitarian Universalist Association Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Denominations In The Country. . .
NOT. . .
As the following comment that I just freely and responsibly posted in response to a rather controversial article about UU polyamorists by Lisa Miller entitled 'Many Unitarians would prefer that their polyamory activists keep quiet' in the March 22nd edition of The Washington Post -
"It is perhaps no surprise that the Unitarian Universalist Association is one of the fastest-growing denominations in the country, ballooning 15 percent over the past decade, when other established churches were shrinking."
This assertion about Unitarian Universalism being one of the fastest-growing denominations in America, could not be further from the Truth. Membership in the not so welcoming congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association has been pretty much stagnant for decades and is currently in decline. As these official UUA membership statistics should prove beyond any reasonable doubt. . .
In the 2002-03 "church" year the UUA had 1,055 congregations with 158,607 adult members and 63,080 RE enrollments aka UU Sunday school children for a total claimed membership of 221,687 UUs in the USA. A decade down the road, in the 2012 "church" year, the UUA had 1,054 congregations with 161,502 adult members and 53,776 RE enrollments for a total claimed membership of 215,278 UUs in the USA.
Where is the claimed 15% growth "over the past decade" in that?
UUA President Rev. Peter Morales has quite justifiably lamented the fact that Unitarian Universalism is what he termed a "tiny, declining, fringe religion" in his stump speech announcing his candidacy for president of the UUA. Heck, even if membership in UUA congregations miraculously quadrupled overnight, there would still be less than a million Unitarian Universalists in the USA which currently has a population of well over 300 million. It seems to me that UUism aka "The Uncommon Denomination" could still be justifiably described as a tiny "fringe religion", albeit no longer a declining one. . .
Gotta laugh at the UUA's poorly thought through "The Uncommon Denomination" denomination marketing slogan in light of how few and far between UU "churches" are in many regions of "The Land Of The Free".